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Education funding caught in limbo

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WSIL -- Illinois schools are still waiting to see new funding promised to them more than five months ago. 

That money is in limbo due to Governor Rauner's last minute amendatory veto. 

Monday, a House Appropriations Committee gathered to hear the pros and cons of overriding that veto and to discuss the impacts of the delay. 

However, no one seems to have a clue when money will begin flowing to districts and that's causing a lot of issues with schools because they're in the middle of budget planning for next year.So they don't know if they need to continue cutting or if they can begin to make plans to rebuild programs.  

Three superintendents talked to the committee about the impact this hold-up is having on their districts. They say they want to make plans to start hiring back teachers so they can have smaller class sizes and bring back career and technical programs.

But Rauner's veto is holding up hundreds of thousands for each district, because the veto means the 350-million dollars of new funding can't be distributed to districts. They were urging lawmakers to override the governors A.V. 

"When you run bare bones for nearly a decade, we have a lot of improvements to make. That $296, 000 is a large amount of money for us, but its going to take 10 years to dig out of where we are because we've done so much with so little over the last seven to eight years," said Superintendent Brad Skertich. 

Representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education say even if lawmakers override the amendatory veto, they wouldn't be able to start distributing money to districts right away. 

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